Yes, yes, I know it’s too early, but…

…now that I’m a retailer I understand why Christmas starts to appear earlier than seems necessary!  And it is only 45 days away…it’s not as though I’m mentioning it in September or anything.

And all I want to do is tell you about a craft session that’s happening at the Tree House on Saturday 7 December (when Christmas will only be two and a half weeks away!).  Embroiderer extraordinaire Vicki Mansfield will be offering the chance to make embroidered Christmas decorations, as well as selling her own embroidery charts and cross stitch kits.  She specialises in a wonderful and intricate form of embroidery called hardanger, but the decorations are quite simple to make – though she suggests an age of 8+ because of the level of concentration and skill required.  The sessions are £5, and will last about two hours – you can just drop in on the day from 10am.

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War Poetry at the Tree House for Armistice Day

hce-logo-bigThe Tree House is not usually open on Mondays, but next Monday, 11 November, Adam Steiner and Gary Sykes-Blythe, the two entrepreneurs behind Here Comes Everyone (which I’ve plugged on this site before), will be opening the shop for the day, and even offering advice to anyone who would like it on writing and publishing.

In the evening, they have organised a poetry reading with Antony Owen, who will be reading war poetry to mark Armistice Day, followed by a discussion about the act of remembrance.

Should be a very special day – I sadly won’t be able to be there in the evening, but hope lots of people can make it.  And do call into the shop during the day to support Adam and Gary.

More information here!

Working party – 12 November

tree house windowNext Tuesday, 12 November, there will be art history in the morning and a poetry workshop in the evening, but in the afternoon I’m planning to spend time rearranging the stock and having a bit of a sort-out.  If anyone is free to come and help, that would be wonderful.  I’ll be there from 2-5pm, the shop will be closed but the door unlocked, so do just drop in if you can spare half an hour (or more!).

If you prefer art history or poetry to sorting books, then do come along to one of the other sessions on the day!

Haiku workshop – 12 November

haikuWe’ve had music, we have art, the next thing we have is poetry – a workshop next Tuesday, 12 November, at 8pm, with poet Gwyneth Box on haiku, or its English equivalent (there is apparently no exact possible equivalent in English of the Japanese forms, something Gwyneth will talk about at the workshop!).  She will talk about the haiku form and open this up for discussion, and you will be encouraged to write your own haiku, and share it if you wish – but only if you wish.  This should be a lovely evening, whether you are an experienced writer or a complete novice, and I hope lots of people will take advantage of the opportunity – it would be helpful if you could sign up in advance if you are planning to come (you can pay on the night, but a list of names and an idea of numbers would be great).  Email me or use the contact form below.

You can find out more on our Facebook page (open to all to view, even if you are not on Facebook) or ask me to email you the flyer.

Cost is just £5, which includes non-alcoholic refreshments.

Art gallery preview this evening, 2 November

tree house windowJust a quick reminder that you can call in from 7ish tonight for a preview of the new micro gallery at the Tree House.  The gallery features paintings by Pete Wiseman, and there is work by other artists on display – there should even be a bit of live music too.  Am hoping to have hot chocolate to banish the autumn evening chill, and of course there are lots of books to browse.  Come and join us – maybe on your way home from fireworks at the Castle, or as an alternative to the crowds!  See our Events page for details.

You can see some photos of some of the art here.

The Bailey Sisters

Another fab gig at the Tree House last night, courtesy of the lovely Bailey Sisters.  Wonderful harmonies, with humour, poignancy, lovely anecdotes about rediscovering songs, and they even brought knitted versions of themselves.  We have a few of their CDs for sale in the shop for anyone who missed them, and I’ll play it from time to time so that you can listen.

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Paintings and sculptures at the Tree House

IMG_2813Pete Wiseman’s micro gallery upstairs at the bookshop is coming along famously – he and a friend have transformed the upstairs space, painting walls, moving furniture and installing paintings.  The launch is set to go ahead tomorrow evening, 2 November, from 7pm – do call in, with any luck there will be hot chocolate too!  And of course lots of books to buy – plus cards and prints of Pete’s work.  The paintings in the gallery will be for sale, and Pete also takes commissions – he is a portrait painter, among other things.  There may even be music!

We also now have some fabulous book sculptures – I’ve always loved this sort of thing, and am delighted to have found a local book sculptor.  Here are a few photos of how the shop space is being transformed – pictures of the micro gallery when it’s all ready!

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